The bad news is that Deontay Wilder’s knockout streak ended at 32 fights. The good news, however, is that Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) captured the WBC Heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1). What might wind up being even better news is that Wilder went the distance in this fight. He went 12 rounds with the WBC champion. That could turn out to be the best thing to happen to him. Valuable experience for a young champion who had very little coming in.
Scores of the fight were 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107, all in Wilder’s favor. The Fight Journal scored it 118-109 (I thought round two knockdown sshould’ve counted). Wilder becomes the first American champion at heavy since Shannon Briggs in 2007.
Wilder and Stiverne talked equally as much trash during the course of the fight, but while Wilder kept pumping his jab and moving, Stiverne did more talking than fighting. Each time Bermane got close, Wilder would move. When Wilder didn’t move, Stiverne wouldn’t let his hands go. He had problems cutting off the ring and Wilder was let off the hook round after round. In most instances, Wilder did enough to bank those rounds. As the final bell sounded, Wilder celebrated and Stiverne for some reason held his glove up and walked around as if he’d won the fight.
Deontay Wilder received $1 million for his night at the office. Stiverne earned $910,000. It’ll be interesting to see where Wilder goes after this win. Fans would love to see him in with Wladimir Klitschko of course. Another great matchup in the ring as well as at the press conferences would be Wilder versus Tyson Fury.
Time will tell…